The costs of eating: a behavioral economic analysis of food refusal.

  title={The costs of eating: a behavioral economic analysis of food refusal.},
  author={MaryLouise E. Kerwin and William H. Ahearn and Peggy S. Eicher and D M Burd},
  journal={Journal of applied behavior analysis},
  volume={28 3},
Behavioral economic concepts were applied to the analysis and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders in a clinical setting. In Experiment 1, children who chronically refused food were presented with varying amounts of food on a spoon (empty, dipped, quarter, half, and level). Each child exhibited a different but orderly demand function of response (acceptance, expulsion, and mouth clean) by cost (increasing spoon volume) for a constant pay-off of toys and social interaction. In Experiment 2… CONTINUE READING

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